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JUN 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com June 2019 • 33 "Given some of the natural disasters of recent years, benefits of unit masonry in regards to optimizing sites, resiliency and perfor- mance have to get the attention of the code writing community and compel authorities to keep a stronger building code in place," he adds. "If building codes continue to slide backwards, then unfortu- nately there could be human lives and tremendous property damage on the line." WORK ETHICS Resiliency continues to gain prominence among private and public construction interests—to the benefit of the entire concrete business. Whether it's promoting resiliency, fire safety or other top of mind attributes surrounding concrete masonry and cast-in-place or precast concrete assemblies, Winegar notes, "I would like to keep building bridges between all the industry associations that overlap. We have more in common than less, and continuing to leverage our message and dollars together makes a lot of sense to me. I look forward to keeping this initiative alive as chairman." Winegar rose to his current NCMA and Midwest Block & Brick posts after extensive front line duty. "I worked at a block plant through undergraduate and graduate years," he recalls. "The com- bination of hands on experience and mentoring by the people that work inside our plants and yards has given me an enormous foundation and respect for this part of our business. I have spent most of my adult life on a jobsite or in a plant and am continually invigorated by the tangible benefits and hard working people that make durable and resilient products." "I admire the masons, SRW/paver installers and distributors that have the chance to place and sell products that perform better than alternatives and can withstand whatever engineering goals are set," he tells Concrete Products. "Concrete masonry building and hardscape units still provide the absolute best bang for your buck in regards to installed cost and performance in my mind. I have had the pleasure to work for and with some of the greatest leaders this industry has known, and look forward to taking my turn at the wheel with a strong desire to make them proud." CHAIRMAN'S REPORT DARRYL WINEGAR, NCMA Topping current NCMA technical support measures for building professionals is the release of Direct Design 3.0, a structural software package for which the association provides oversight to developer Ensoltech Inc. The new version fills a wide gap between the simple and com- plex offerings that have traditionally defined the masonry building design software library. Direct Design 3.0 equips engineers and design professionals to complete an entire masonry structure on a laptop or desktop. The NCMA-backed technology is presented as a full, start-to-finish masonry structures package that dramat- ically reduces the time required to engineer single- or multi-story concrete masonry unit buildings. It gener- ates accessory drawings of loads on buildings; tabulated loading results; structure analyses; and, design checks per TMS 402 plus load calculations per ASCE 7. Full calculations are displayed for review. Engineers or designers can likewise prepare fully detailed wall ele- vation drawings—including bar, control joint, block, hook and splice references—for draftsmen or contrac- tors. Direct Design 3.0 has debuted with a free trial offer and low cost subscriptions for NCMA members. — www.ncma.org/software Carefully devised over the previous year by an experienced team of writers, designers and developers—along with input from the NCMA Young Professionals Group—the new www.ncma.org site features a sleek, modern look. With simple layouts and straightforward map- ping, it provides an intuitive user experience through a smart, pow- erful backend, including optimized, quick search bars and readily navigable library of technical documents and other resources. DIRECT DESIGN 3.0

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